The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, now a member of The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute network, is accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer as one of the country’s best cancer diagnosis and treatment medical programs. This means that you and your loved ones will have access to state-of-the art services and equipment, the best treatment options, insights into innovative clinical trials and new treatment options, along with the very best education, prevention, screening and support programs available.

Book your colonoscopy now

Get the message. Schedule a colonoscopy.

In Connecticut, colorectal cancer is the third-most common cancer diagnosed in women and the fourth-most common cancer diagnosed in men, according to the state Health Department.

A colonoscopy is one of the few screening tests that can actually prevent colon cancer. By finding and taking colon polyps out before they become cancer, doctors can prevent their later development into cancer. When caught early, colorectal cancer has a 90 percent survival rate.

Why get a colonoscopy?

The rate of colorectal cancer diagnoses has dropped each year since the mid-1980s because more people are getting screened and more people are adjusting their lifestyle to reduce risk factors.

Key factors that can increase the risk of colorectal cancer include:

  • Age: Current guidelines recommend screening begin at age 45 for people at average risk
  • Personal history of colon cancer, polyps or inflammatory bowel disease
  • Family history of colon cancer or polyps.
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), a hereditary condition that creates hundreds of polyps in the colon and rectum.
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use

Why wait?

Make an appointment for your colonoscopy today!


Awards & Accreditations

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is one of 410 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for cancer care in the U.S.

St. Vincent’s has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, Breast Center, and Mammogram Imaging, by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that St. Vincent’s Medical Center is in the top of the 4,542 U.S. hospitals offering cancer care services.

Women's Choince - Cancer CareWomen's Choice Award - Mammogram ImagingWomen's Choice Award - Breast Center


Meet our Cancer Institute Team:

Name Specialties Location
Bendl, Ryan Francis, MD 203.852.2262
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Norwalk
Berard, Paul Edward, MD Berard, Paul Edward, MD
4.8 /5
230 surveys
203.255.4545
  • Medical Oncology
  • Fairfield
  • Bridgeport
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Bluestein, Harvey Jay, MD Bluestein, Harvey Jay, MD 203.254.8557
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fairfield
  • Norwalk
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Brutus, Valerie, MD, FACS Brutus, Valerie, MD, FACS
5.0 /5
63 surveys
475.210.7002
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Bridgeport
  • Trumbull
  • Wilton
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Callender, Glenda Grace, MD, FACS Callender, Glenda Grace, MD, FACS
5.0 /5
78 surveys
203.576.6141
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Endocrine Surgery
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  • Bridgeport
Cha, Charles, MD, FACS Cha, Charles, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
84 surveys
203.576.6141
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Bridgeport
Chandler, Laurel, MD Chandler, Laurel, MD 203.423.3132
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Darien
Craig, Elizabeth Stirling, MD Craig, Elizabeth Stirling, MD
4.9 /5
50 surveys
475.210.7002
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Bridgeport
  • Milford
  • Westport
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Dhanjal, Sandhya A., MD Dhanjal, Sandhya A., MD
4.9 /5
376 surveys
203.255.4545
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Fairfield
  • Bridgeport
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Dost, Sara Naureen, MD Dost, Sara Naureen, MD
4.9 /5
160 surveys
860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bridgeport
  • Hartford
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Duda, Andrew, MD Duda, Andrew, MD
4.8 /5
244 surveys
203.255.4545
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Fairfield
  • Bridgeport
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Fang, Deborah Xiangdong, MD Fang, Deborah Xiangdong, MD
-
87 surveys
475.210.5085
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Bridgeport
Fischbach, Neal Asher, MD 203.576.6000
  • Medical Oncology
  • Bridgeport
Iannuzzi, Christopher Michael, MD Iannuzzi, Christopher Michael, MD
-
88 surveys
475.210.5085
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Bridgeport
Killelea, Brigid Kelley, MD, FACS Killelea, Brigid Kelley, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
104 surveys
475.210.7002
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Bridgeport
  • Milford
  • Trumbull
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Lavy, Daniel, MD, FACS Lavy, Daniel, MD, FACS 203.254.2051
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hamden
  • Bridgeport
  • Westport
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Liaw, Christine Wenyu, MD Liaw, Christine Wenyu, MD 203.338.8760
  • Urology
  • Bridgeport
  • Stamford
  • Wilton
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Masoud, Amir E., MD Masoud, Amir E., MD
4.8 /5
105 surveys
475.210.4727
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Fairfield
  • Bridgeport
  • Fairfield
  • Hartford
  • Meriden
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Ramos, Brenda, APRN Ramos, Brenda, APRN
5.0 /5
66 surveys
203.372.7200
  • Endocrinology
  • Trumbull
Reznikoff, Glen Alan, MD, FACP Reznikoff, Glen Alan, MD, FACP
4.9 /5
220 surveys
203.255.4545
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Fairfield
  • Bridgeport
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Rizzardi, Cynthia L., APRN, DNP, FNP, CDCES Rizzardi, Cynthia L., APRN, DNP, FNP, CDCES 203.372.7200
  • Endocrinology
  • Trumbull
Rubinstein, Jill Carol, MD, PhD Rubinstein, Jill Carol, MD, PhD 203.576.6141
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Endocrine Surgery
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  • Bridgeport
Sharma, Vipra, MD, MPH Sharma, Vipra, MD, MPH
4.8 /5
163 surveys
203.382.2475
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bridgeport
  • Fairfield
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Siddiqui, Imran, MD, FACS Siddiqui, Imran, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
80 surveys
860.696.2040
  • Surgical Oncology
  • New Britain
  • North Haven
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Squitieri-Harkins, Kelly Ann, MD Squitieri-Harkins, Kelly Ann, MD 203.696.6125
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Shelton
Strohmayer, Erika Ann, MD Strohmayer, Erika Ann, MD
4.9 /5
69 surveys
203.372.7200
  • Endocrinology
  • Trumbull
Werner, Linda S., MD Werner, Linda S., MD
4.9 /5
86 surveys
203.372.7200
  • Endocrinology
  • Trumbull
Zelkowitz, Richard Scott, MD Zelkowitz, Richard Scott, MD
4.9 /5
364 surveys
203.874.3830
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bridgeport
  • Wilton
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